ALABAMADuring its regular meeting on Wednesday, June 8, the ACCS Board of Trustees unanimously approved Dr. Chris Cox as President of Shelton State Community College.

During its regular meeting on Wednesday, June 8, the Alabama Community College System Board of Trustees unanimously approved Dr. Chris Cox as President of Shelton State Community College. Cox served as Interim President of the College since February.

“Shelton State position in the state and in the academic community keeps the College poised as one of the best foundations for student success and workforce development in Alabama, so the College needs a leader like Chris to continue to strengthen its standing as the community’s community college,” said Jimmy H. Baker, Chancellor of the Alabama Community College System (ACCS).

“Chris’ tenure at Shelton State has already proven to be a game-changer for the students, faculty, staff and workforce region. I’m thrilled to see what happens next for residents, schools and business partners who rely on Shelton State to deliver, ” Jimmy continued.

Cox has nearly 30 years of K-12 and higher educaton administration experience. Prior to his appointment as Interim President at Shelton State, he served as Special Assistant to the Chancellor t the ACCS. He has served as an Interim President at Northwest-Shoals Community College in Muscle Shoals, Bevill State Community College in Jasper, and Lurleen B. Wallace Community College in Andalusia.

A Geneva, Alabama native, Cox began his career as a teacher and coach at Dale County High School in Midland City. He later served as Assistant Principal at Geneva High School in Geneva and Principal at Pinedale Elementary School in Enterprise. Prior to joining the ACCS, Cox spent time in Oxford, first as Oxford High School’s principal and then Assistant Superintendent for the Oxford City Board of Education. Cox earned a Bacheor of Science in Social Science from Troy State University and a Master of Science in Educational Administration from Alabama State University. Cox earned his Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Administration from Auburn University.

”Shelton State is one of the premier community college in Alabama with ties attached to the HBCU culture in my eyes. With a leader as poised as Dr. Cox, we ate HCF are thrille to watch his leadership move Shelton State forward in delivering a continued high-quality educational experience,” said Demetrius Johnson Jr., President & CEO of the HBCU Campaign Fund.

Shelton State is one of Alabama’s largest community colleges, with around 7,000 students annually who enroll for academic instruction and workforce development. It is also among eleven community college designated as a Historically Black College or University (HBCU) Shelton State’s C.A. Fredd State campus maintains the idenity and continues the specific HBCU mission of promoting educational access and opportunity for all students. C.A. Fredd State Technical College was recognized as one of the nation’s HBCUs, the college consolidated with Shelton State in 1994.

With two academic sitees in Tuscaloosa, the college is a prime choice for students who wants to transfer to four-year colleges and universities, as well as those who want to earn a certification for work in several high-demand, high-wage job opportunities in the region. The college’s student services provide a variety of resources for students for both their academic and career success.

“The opportunity to permanently join the Buccaneer Family is one of the highest honors I can imagine,” Cox said. “The future of Shelton State is very bright because of the excellence of our education and training programs, our outstanding faculty and students, and our connections to the community we serve. We’re going to build and strengthen partnerships with K-12 schools, business and industry, and other colleges and universities so we can help our students and our community succeed like never before.”

About Shelton State Community College
Shelton State Community College is a two-year community college located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and is one of the largest two-year colleges in the state. Approximately 7,000 students are enrolled in some form of coursework, including around 3,000 full-time students.

Shelton State meets students where they are then takes them where they want to be. With a broad diversity of students and possibilities, SSCC integrates pieces and parts of a person’s experience for a one-of-a-kind fit. For more information, visit www.sheltonstate.edu.

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April is celebrated as Community College Month. The HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF), a nonprofit advocacy and educational organization, recognizes the community colleges designated as a Historically Black College and University (HBCU).

Community College Month is an opportunity to demonstrate the vital importance of how community colleges impact the surrounding communities and make an undeniable case for why these colleges deserve greater public support. Many people don’t know that some of these institutions do exist and that they serve a greater purpose in the HBCU community for traditional and non-traditional students. The majority of the community colleges are partnered with surrounding four-year institutions to make associate degrees, and course credits transferable to those four-year colleges or universities to complete bachelor’s degrees.

Furthermore, community colleges partner with area businesses to create academic and workforce training programs; for instance, Drake State is an excellent example as it is the first and only institution of its kind in Alabama. It offers its students comprehensive academic and technical training programs and certificates. Drake State also provides flexible, affordable university-transfer degrees and customized skills training to fulfill the diverse workforce need of employers.

Shorter College campus in Little Rock, Arkansas. Photo is courtesy of HCF media team.

As a result, in total there are eleven community colleges that exist and have HBCU designation with Alabama having the most of six institutions. With hopes to provide financial support from the HBCU Campaign Fund in the near future, three of the current serving presidents of the two-year institutions have been recognized as a Most Dominant HBCU Leader by the organization for their outstanding work in moving the institutions forward.

Bishop State Community College
• Coahoma Community College
• Denmark Technical College
• Drake State Community and Technical College
• Gadsden State Community College
• Hinds Community College at Utica
• Shelton State Community College
• Shorter College
• Southern University at Shreveport
• St. Philip’s College
• Trenholm State Community College

Drake State Community and Technical College changed its name in 1966 to J.F. Drake State in honor of the late Joseph Fanning Drake, a long-time president of Alabama A&M University. The institution has established university articulation agreements with Alabama A&M University, Oakwood University, Athens State University, and the University of Alabama in Huntsville. With these agreements, it expands options for its students and makes it possible for graduates with technical associate degrees in computer information systems, electrical engineering technology, and business programs to transfer seamlessly to those universities. Under the leadership of Dr. Patricia Sims, Drake State is also the first and only historically Black community college to be awarded a Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) by NASA’s Marshal Space Flight Center (MSFC) Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP). Graduates of Drake State are known to have started their own businesses, and the institution has had a strong influence on economic development in the region. Dr. Patricia Sims was named among the Ten Most Dominant HBCU Leaders of 2020 by the HBCU Campaign Fund.

Denmark Technical College President Dr. Willie L. Todd, Jr. seen awarding a student during the college’s Honors Convocation. Photo courtesy of Denmark Technical College.

On the other hand, Denmark Technical College is also making pathways for its students. The college is located in Denmark, South Carolina, just an inch before you get to the camping grounds of Voorhees University. And just like Drake State, Denmark Technical is the only technical college in South Carolina with on-campus housing. It is a two-year, historically Black technical college that provides students within the area with affordable opportunities for associate degrees, diplomas, or certificates. It is an HBCU that is on the rise, though previously, it had its reputation for being in financial trouble and a threat towards closure. According to Diverse Issues of Higher Education, under Dr. Willie L. Todd, Jr’s leadership, Denmark has overcome its obstacles; its nursing program increased by 150% and its workforce program revenue by 1101%. Job placement rates after graduation are currently at 87%. Dr. Todd has served as the ninth president at the institution since 2020.

The state of Alabama consists of six of the eleven HBCU community colleges; all of them fall under the umbrella of the Alabama Community College System, including Drake State. The others are Bishop State Community College, Gadsden State Community College, Lawson State Community College, Shelton State Community College, and Trenholm State Community College. Additionally, Southern University at Shreveport is also part of a system, the Southern University System, the only historically Black university system in America. However, Shorter College in Little Rock, Arkansas, may not be part of a system. Still, it is the only private historically Black college and university (HBCU) junior college in the nation.

Another unique and thriving HBCU community college is St. Philip’s College in San Antonio, Texas. It is America’s only college that is federally designated as both Historically Black College (HBC) and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). It too is part of the Alamo College District system. It was founded by the Episcopal Church in 1898 to educate and train slaves. Today, SPC serves approximately 12,696 students and offer over 70 academic and technical options. A product of Alcorn State University, SPC current president Dr. Adena Williams Loston was selected as one of The Ten Most Dominant HBCU Leaders of 2021 by the HBCU Campaign Fund.

St. Philip’s College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston is seen speaking with faculty, staff and students. Photo courtesy of St. Philip’s College.

Traditionally, community colleges are known to be the most affordable, given that Coahoma Community College has repeatedly been named the most affordable HBCU in the nation by StudentLoanHero.com. Matriculating at a community college can always be a starting point to beginning your collegiate journey. It can also be a point in your life where you may not be quite ready to attend a four-year college or university. Many community colleges offer flexibility and the resources you need to make it possible to stay enrolled and complete your chosen program. These institutions are also dedicated to dual enrollment students or even may have high schools incorporated on the campuses. Do your research, and contact the college’s admission office for more information.

Just as crucial as any higher education institution, our community colleges are that important to the space. If HCF can be of any assistance in your college journey, please feel free to reach out to our representatives, who are always open to assisting. We welcome you to contact our office via email at support@hbcucampaignfund.org.

Join us in April of every year as we honor and celebrate the important work of community colleges. Embrace those who are designated as an HBCU, support its mission. Happy Community College Month!

DENVER, CO – Colorado Community College System (CCC) Chancellor Joe Garcia announced the selection of Dr. Mordecai Brownlee as the next president of Community College of Aurora (CCA), according to a press release by the College.

Dr. Brownlee will assume the presidency on July 15, 2021. He will succeed Dr. Betsy Oudenhoven, who announced in October that she was retiring at the end of July concluding a decade of leading the institution and a remarkable 42-year career in higher education.

Dr. Mordecai Brownlee

Dr. Brownlee, an inclusive educator who is committed to the intellectual and economic empowerment of diverse communities, bring an impressive resume in advancing student access, expanding student support services, and empowering academic pathways at several public and private higher education institutions, including St. Philip’s College in Texas, the University of Charleston in West Virginia, Blinn College District in Texas, and Houston Baptist University.

Upon his announcement, Dr. Brownlee called it an honor to lead an institution so steeped in inclusive excellence and guided by the vision of ensuring that every student it serves succeeds.

“I am immensely grateful to Chancellor Garcia, and CCA’s faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community supporters for the opportunity to serve this distinguished institution as its president,” said Dr. Brownlee. “Raised by a single-mother who was an educator, I learned first-hand the importance of faith, hard work, sacrifice, and the responsibility we have as educators to empower the minds and lives of students through equitable learning environments and ample student support. CCA is an institution that has embraced this charge and as its president, every day I will be committed to serving as an example of the institution’s mission in action.”

Dr. Brownlee rose to the top of a field of impressive candidates during the nationwide search process. The nine-member search advisory committee carefully screened over 80 high quality applicants and conducted open forums to actively engage the community.

“We wanted someone with an entrepreneurial spirit who would expand CCA’s reach and partnerships, and experience in strategic enrollment management who will be able to reverse the declines in students and revenues facing the institution during these challenges times. CCC’s goals of diversity, equity and inclusion also called for someone who will champion learning environments that promote student success for Aurora’s growing and increasingly diverse communities,” said Garcia. “Without a doubt, that candidate was Dr. Brownlee. His impressive background and progressive leadership style make him the best fit to advance CCA’s vision, mission, and values.”

Currently, Dr. Brownlee serves as vice president for student success at St. Philip’s College, the only college in the nation federally designated as both a historically Black college (HBCU) and a Hispanic-serving institution (HSI), located in San Antonio, Texas. During his tenure, Dr. Brownlee championed strategic enrollment and student success initiative that led St. Philip’s to record enrollment and four of their largest degree and certificate awarding classes in the college’s 123-year history.

Throughout his career in higher education, Dr. Brownlee raised millions for student scholarships and academic programs – some of which went to new programs designed to retool individuals to fill high-demand employment opportunities. He has also played an instrumental role in securing several multi-million-dollar capital construction projects.

In his spare time, Dr. Brownlee serves as an adjunct professor at Morgan State University School of Education & Urban Studies and the University of Charleston School of Business and Leadership where he teaches business management, human resources, social justice, and community college leadership. He also dedicates time as a columnist and nationally recognized speaker covering a broad range of critical higher education topics including education technology; financial literacy and student debt; community college innovation; progressive legislation; and diversity, equity and inclusion.

Among his many accolades, Dr. Brownlee was twice awarded the Trusted Leaders Award by the faculty and staff of St. Philip’s College and in 2018 received the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award. Recently, EdTech Magazine featured him as one of the 30 most interesting voices in higher education who are shaping the conversation around technology and education.

Dr. Brownlee’s service on community, state, and national boards includes serving as the director of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Community College Institute; Co-Founder of the Rising Leaders Institute for the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education (AABHE), member of the My Brother’s Keeper White House Initiative in San Antonio, Community College Chair of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), ApplyTX Advisory Council, and a member of the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. He is also a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

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About the Community College of Aurora (CCA)
The Community College of Aurora (CCA) provides high-quality instruction and student support services to Aurora and Denver, Colorado. The college offers course on two campuses, online and through its high school concurrent-enrollment program, helping students prepare for employment or transfer to a four-year institution. For more information, visit www.ccaurora.com.

Denmark Technical College Administration Building on campus. Photo Creds: Division of Communications & Marketing/HBCU Campaign Fund.

(DENMARK, SC) – Denmark Technical College was recently selected by Ellucian as one of 25 Title IV-eligible two-year public community and technical colleges across the United States to receive 2020 PATH Scholarship from more than 160 community college applicants.

PATH, which stands for Progress, Accomplishment, Thriving and Hope, donates scholarship funds to colleges who then award financial support to students experiencing economic hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 is hitting community colleges particularly hard, which led Ellucian to develop the PATH Campaign and Scholarship Fund in June.

“The pandemic is putting intense economic pressure on some of the most vulnerable student populations. We want to ensure that no student has to put their education on hold as they confront today’s challenges,” said Laura Ispen, Ellucian President and CEO.

Denmark Technical College receive $20,000, which will be distributed among 26 students, with awards ranging from $500 to $2,000. The scholarships will help with tuition, room and board, books, transportation and other costs associated with higher education.

“We are just so thankful to Elluican for their generosity during this difficult time. Thanks to these funds, we have been able to help dozens of students who may not have otherwise been able to pursue their educational goals this coming semester. Ellucian is a valued educational partner and we feel blessed to have their support,” said Dr. Willie L. Todd Jr., President and CEO at Denmark Technical College.

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About Denmark Technical College
Denmark Technical College is a public, comprehensive, Historically Black, two-year technical college located in rural Bamberg County in South Carolina. The College annually serves approximately 2,000 credit and continuing education students, a mix of traditional, nontraditional, full-time and part-time. As an open-door institution, the College provides affordable, post-secondary education culminating in associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates, to citizens from diverse educational and socioeconomic backgrounds and reaches out to its service area high schools with opportunities for the students. For more information, visit www.denmarktech.edu.


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